Colorado formally introduced Mike MacIntyre as its newest head coach on Monday afternoon.
"I feel very blessed and honored to be the head coach at the University of Colorado," said MacIntyre.
MacIntyre was hired to mirror the success he cultivated at San Jose State. In 2010 he took over a program that had registered just two winning seasons since 1993 and went 2-10 in the year before his arrival. The Spartans went 1-12 in MacIntyre's first year, jumped to 5-7 in 2011 and leaped to 10-2 and the school's first BCS ranking this fall.
MacIntyre inherits a program that went 1-11 this fall, lost eight games by 25 points or more and ranked 94th or lower in 13 of the 17 official statistics tracked by the NCAA.
MacIntyre thinks he is just the man for the job, citing his turnaround of the San Jose State program on the field and in the classroom, boosting the team's APR from 930 to 981 during his tenure.
"If you get to know me, you're going to say one thing about Mike MacIntyre: He has passion," he explained.
MacIntyre said he plans on bringing a lot of his assistants with him to Boulder, and mentioned defensive line coach Jim Jeffocat by name. Jeffcoat was a finalist for the 2012 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year award.
Like any head coach taking over a 1-11 program, MacIntyre knows the path to success lies in recruiting. He referenced the growing demographics of the state of Colorado and also noted that California is home to over 1,000 high schools and just seven FBS schools. "We're going to treat California like it's in-state," said MacIntyre.
MacIntyre touted his recruiting skill on a personal level, saying of his wife, "From the look of her, you can tell I can recruit. She told me no three times before she went on a date with me."
MacIntyre will be paid $10 million over five years, and was assured of a high-level of commitment from the CU administration. There are many similarities between his old job and new job to MacIntyre, including the task of entering a new conference while battling back from extended periods without sustained success.
"When I was growing up and playing ball, Colorado was special," said MacIntyre. "I definitely think they can get there again."